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Lebanon condemns malicious report from Saudi media

Beirut, Aug 10 (Prensa Latina) Lebanon on Tuesday condemned a report from Saudi digital newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat on an alleged request by President Michel Aoun to obtain 12 of 24 ministries proposed for the government.

A statement from the Lebanese presidential office denied that report, which was intended to make negotiations and consultations tense to form the upcoming cabinet in this nation.

This fabricated news aims to damage cooperation between President Aoun and Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati, those responsible for nominating the new government.

However, two weeks after Mikati took office, the formation of the new government continues with no progress due to disagreements on key positions.

Aoun insists on changing the rotation of the so-called sovereign Ministries of the Interior, Finance, Defense and Foreign Affairs.

And Mikati advocates keeping the current distribution, Interior is with a Sunni Muslim; Finance with a Shiite Muslim, and Defense and Foreign Affairs with a Christian.

Aoun and Makati have held six meetings since July 26 with the priority agenda of the cabinet nomination, but the solution has not emerged so far.

An executive of 24 ministries without affiliation to political parties is expected to be set up to implement reforms and save the country from a total collapse, an initiative suggested by French President Emmanuel Macron.

However, the confessional sectarian distribution established by the Constitution and the Taif Agreement that ended the civil war that broke out in 1975 and ended in 1990 cannot be ignored in that formation.